This is the final part of my blog posts about my time in Siem Reap. You can read my previous posts here:
Day 3 – Temple Touring
The first Temple on our final day was Jungle ruin Preah Khan, one of the largest Temple complexes. There is still evidence of the dense Jungle that took over the temple whilst deserted. Walking through we saw some huge spiders and hundreds of huge spider webs!
After Preah Khan we took a short ride to Ta Som. The highlight of this small temple is the huge tree which has taken over the east side.
Next we headed out of the central temple area 30k from Angkor Thom to Banteay Srei. This temple is considered to be the “jewel in the crown of Angkorian artisanship” as it’s intricate design is carved from a pink coloured stone. The carvings in the stone were incredible and amazing to think it was built in AD 967.
On the way back to our lunch stop at a restaurant overlooking Sra Srang we stopped to observe a number of land mine excavation sites. Bun told us how unfortunately the area used to be littered with land mines. In fact tourists are still advised not to tread to far away from the paths in this area.
Cambodian Pub Street
As I mentioned in my previous post Siem Reap has a popular tourist street called “Pub St” which is full of western pubs and restaurants which isn’t at all very “Cambodian”.
To experience the “Real Cambodia” our Homestay host, Bun, took us to the Cambodian Pub street for the evening. We were kind of expecting a street of bars but it was a long, long road full of market stalls, street food, amusement rides and thousands of Cambodian families enjoying picnics. There must of been about 10,000 people there, more than usual due to the nations River Festival, and we were the only 2 “westerners” I saw!Bun walked us through the crowds pointing out some of the delicacies on offer; Pigs Anus, Buffalo Testicles, Frog, Foetus, mmmmm…..Tasty. As we had a 6hr bus ride the next day(without a toilet) I politely declined.
We sat down for a picnic like the rest if the families. Joining us with Bun were his extended family, about 20 or so. We also got to meet one of Buns friends, Mr. Tan who was also a tour guide.It was such an authentic experience to end our time with our Cambodian family. With Sadness our time staying with Bun in Siem Reap came to an end the next morning as we jumped on the bus to continue our Cambodian adventure to Phnom Penh.